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David Merifield

David is the founder and proprietor of Motorseeker UK. Based here in Chesterfield, Derbyshire; David previously owned and operated a family business for nearly 20 years, the Blake Group, with Vauxhall, Peugeot and Chevrolet as the core franchises. He has always invested heavily in customer care, this being repaid with customers returning time and time again, resulting in the family business growing from a 2 to 5 site group and attracting numerous industry coveted awards.

Despite his success, David became increasingly frustrated with the constraints of operating a franchise and the limitations that this imposed upon customers and decided to sell the Blake Group in 2007 to set up Motorseeker UK.

In doing so, he made a strategic and value based decision. To lever his vast automotive knowledge, expertise and commitment to customer-centric service, within the growing specialist arena of 4x4, sports and prestige used cars.

Professionally qualified as a Chartered Secretary, David has also held the office of President of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce in 2007/8 and continues as a Non-Executive Director. He is also a School Governor.

Lee French

Lee has worked with David since 2000, previously within the Blake Group and then latterly, as General Manager for Motorseeker UK, since its inception in 2005. Being a like-minded individual, Lee shares David’s commitment to customer care and operates with a professional, open, no nonsense approach.

With almost 25 years of automotive knowledge and experience, he is an expert buyer of vehicles and will hand-pick stock in order to maintain the highest standards in value and quality. Well respected and connected within the automotive industry, Lee is fully committed to finding the best deal for you, whether buying or selling on a vehicle.

Duncan Roberts

Duncan is the newest recruit to our team at Motorseeker UK, but is by no means a stranger to us!  Duncan has worked within the motor industry since 1997 and with David and Lee at the Blake Group for at least 8 years of this time.  Duncan is extremely experienced and widely respected within the motor industry holding positions at CD Bramall, Brooklands Motor Centre, Graypaul Ferrari and Sytner Group, whilst developing his own business interests, dealing in cars up to £3,000, motorhomes and growing his successful property portfolio.

Duncan is hugely interested in motorbikes - road, off-road and trials.  In 1986 he was the UK Motocross Champion.  Although still riding bikes, Duncan now enjoys shooting clays and looking after his properties.   

Devon Carty

Joining us in early 2016 from a working career spent in the franchised retail sector; Devon originally trained as a Vehicle Painter before going into sales. Over the years he has become renown for his attention to detail which has afforded him a substantial customer base.

Devon spent six years at David Merifield’s previous business (Blakes) and upon joining Motorseeker said that ‘it’s just like coming home. I love the freedom that working for this company is affording me and equally the fantastic relationship that we have with our customers’.

Simon Wainwright

We are delighted to welcome Simon to our sales team at Motorseeker UK.  Simon started in the motor trade in 1989 at Appleyard Peugeot, subsequently moving up the road to Ernest Brocklehurst & son, who previously traded from our current Motorseeker showroom premises.  

During his extensive sales career, he has worked for Carfour Nissan, Gordon Lamb Renault, Copcutt Toyota (Worksop) and Gordon Lamb Toyota (business centre); as well as running his own business for 7 years, selling cars from £2,000-£10,000.  

Though buying and selling vehicles since he was 16 years old, football has always been Simon’s first passion, having played since he was eight years old.  He played semi-professionally for a number of years and still continues to do so now.  Married with two girls aged 19 and 13, Simon also enjoys the gym and keeping fit.

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